Smoke Alarms Handed Out After Fatal Tampa Fire

There are efforts to make a Tampa neighborhood safer after a fire this week that killed a woman and two of her three grandchildren.

The Red Cross and Fire Marshal’s Office is going door to door on East Paris Street and surrounding streets to hand out smoke detectors and instruct families on how to come up with a fire escape plan.

The home that went up in flames Tuesday did not have a smoke detector and burglar bars on the windows trapped the woman and her three grandchildren inside.

Killed in the blaze were Sheryl James, 61, and her grandsons Emjay Jackson, 3; and Reshard Ashley, 8.

James’ other grandson, Romello Jackson, 8; remains in critical condition.